KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) – Xavier Shepherd ran for 118 yards, scoring four touchdowns, a season-high, and Kennesaw State opened the title showdown in the Deep South with three unanswered touchdowns to pass Monmouth 49-17 Saturday.
The Owls (10-1, 7-0), ranked fifth in the FCS Coaching Poll, have won their third Deep South Championship in the past five seasons, with the first 7-0 in the Deep South. Kennesaw State won the conference automatic auction for the FCS playoffs, ending with a ninth consecutive victory.
Monmouth (7-4, 6-1), ranked No 24, is now awaiting a blanket offer. The Hawks, who had won the previous three conference titles, allowed 103.7 yards per game rushing. Kennesaw State has accumulated 471 meters on the ground and another 100 in the air.
Tony Muskett completed 28 of 43 passes for 337 yards and one touchdown for Monmouth, but the Hawks only gained 30 on the ground, kicked four times, returned the ball three times and gained 337 yards of attack. .
Shepherd scored on the 9 in the game’s opener, adding touchdowns from 4, 1 and 1 yards. Adeolu Adelke scored on a 61-yard flurry and Iaan Cousin gained 114 yards on three carries with a 38-yard touchdown.
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